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Christian World News - October 6, 2017

The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history brings Las Vegas to its knees. See how everyday heroes and local churches are transforming sin city with the love of Christ. Plus, a Chinese musician is badly burned in a house fire. See how he got ... ... Read Transcript


COMING UP ON ON

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS",

THE DEADLY MASS SHOOTING

BRINGS LAS VEGAS TO ITS

KNEES.

SEE HOW LOCAL CHURCHES ARE

TRANSFORMING SIN CITY WITH

THE LOVE OF CHRIST.

> PLUS, A CHINESE

MUSICIAN IS BADLY BURNED

IN A HOUSE FIRE.

SEE HOW HE GOT A NEW LIFE

AND A NEW HEART AFTER

COMING FACE TO FACE WITH

DEATH.

> AND...A WEALTHY MAN

LEAVES FAME AND FORTUNATE

BEHIND TO BECOME A FATHER

TO THE FATHERLESS.

HIS AMAZING STORY IS ABOUT

TO REACH MILLIONS AROUND

THE WORLD.

*

AND WELCOME TO

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,"

EVERYONE.

I'M WENDY GRIFFITH.

GEORGE THOMAS IS ON

VACATION.

> AMERICA IS SHOCKED AT

THE SLAUGHTER IN LAS

VEGAS, BUT IT COULD HAVE

BEEN FAR WORSE.

FIRST RESPONDERS AND

ORDINARY AMERICANS MADE

HEROIC EFFORTS TO SAVE

OTHERS.

AND PRESIDENT TRUMP

HONORED THEM IN HIS VISIT

TO VEGAS THIS WEEK.

AS BEN KENNEDY SHOWS US,

HE ALSO SPOKE WITH LOCAL

PASTORS ABOUT THE TRAGEDY.

Reporter: THE STORIES

OF SURVIVAL ARE NOTHING

LESS THAN INCREDIBLE.

AS PRESIDENT TRUMP MET

WITH FIRST RESPONDERS,

DOCTORS, NURSES, AND EVEN

THOSE WHO RISKED THEIR OWN

LIVES FOR STRANGERS.

President Trump: IN

THE DEPTHS OF HORROR, WE

WILL ALWAYS FIND HOPE IN

THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO RISK

THEIR LIVES FOR OURS.

Reporter: THE

COMMANDER IN CHIEF USED

WORDS LIKE "AMAZING" AND

"INCREDIBLE" WHEN TALKING

ABOUT THE FIRST RESPONDERS

AND MEDICAL TEAMS.

President Trump: IT

MAKES YOU VERY PROUD TO BE

AN AMERICAN, WHEN YOU SEE

THE JOB THAT THEY'VE DONE.

Reporter: VISITING

LAS VEGAS FOLLOWING THE

WORSE MASS SHOOTING IN

AMERICAN HISTORY,

PRESIDENT TRUMP MET WITH

VICTIMS AND GAVE HIS

PERSONAL THANKS TO

OFFICERS, AND EVEN HONORED

CIVILIANS WHO PUT ASIDE

THEIR OWN SAFETY TO

PROTECT OTHERS.

President Trump:

AMERICANS DASHED INTO A

HAIL OF BULLETS TO RESCUE

TOTAL STRANGERS.

Reporter: AND WHILE

IN LAS VEGAS, TRUMP ALSO

MET WITH LOCAL PASTORS.

HE SHOOK OUR HANDS AND

TOLD THE PASTORS, THANK

YOU FOR BEING HERE.

Reporter: THIS PASTOR

GOT THE CHANCE TO TALK TO

THE PRESIDENT AND FIRST

LADY ONE-ON-ONE.

Reporter: WHAT DID IT

MEAN TO YOU TO HAVE

PRESIDENT TRUMP HERE

SHAKING YOUR HAND DURING

THIS TIME OF TRAGEDY?

IT MEANT A WHOLE LOT,

NOT ONLY TO ME, BUT I

BELIEVE TO THE WHOLE CITY

BECAUSE THIS CITY NEEDED

HIM AT THIS TIME AND HE

SHOWED UP.

Reporter: PASTOR

VANCE PITTMAN OF HOPE

CHURCH LAS VEGAS AGREES.

PEOPLE ASK THE

QUESTION, WHERE IS GOD IN

ALL OF THIS?

GOD IS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE

OF IT.

GOD IS DRAWING PEOPLE TO

HIM AND SAVING PEOPLE.

President Trump: MAY

GOD BRING HEALING TO THE

FAMILIES OF THE INJURED,

THE WOUNDED, AND THE

FALLEN.

Reporter: THE

PRESIDENT WAS ONLY IN THE

DESERT FOR A FEW HOURS,

BUT IN THAT SHORT PERIOD

OF TIME, HAD A BIG IMPACT

IN THE WAKE OF THIS

TRAGEDY, AS THE POLICE

CONTINUE THEIR

INVESTIGATION INTO THE

MOTIVE BEHIND THIS

MASSACRE.

BEN KENNEDY, CBN NEWS, LAS

VEGAS.

THANKS, BEN.

HE HAS BEEN THE CONSOLER

IN CHIEF LATELY.

MANY OF THE SURVIVORS OF

THE SHOOTING HAVE LEARNED

ABOUT THE POWER OF PRAYER.

ONE YOUNG MAN SAW HIS

FAMILY'S PRAYERS ANSWERED

IN REALTIME.

AND ONE TEENAGER SAYS ONLY

GOD COULD HAVE GOTTEN HER

OUT ALIVE.

STIFSTEPHANIE RIGGS BRINGS US

THOSE STORIES.

Reporter: CHRIS HAHN

HAS TRONS CELEBRATE HIS REASON TO CELEBRAT
E.

THE FIRST THING I

THOUGHT OF WAS PHONING MY

MOM.

TO HAVE HER ON THE PHONE

AND SAY, I LOVE YOU.

JUST TO TALK TO SOMEONE

WHILE ALL OF THIS WENT

DOWN.

Reporter: AS HE RAN

FOR COVER WITH THOUSANDS

OF OTHER TERRIFIED SOULS,

HIS MOM BEGAN TO PRAY.

SHE DIDN'T CRY.

SHE DIDN'T PANIC.

SHE JUST SAID, IT'S ALL

RIGHT.

IT'S ALL RIGHT.

WE'RE GOING TO PRAY, AND

YOU'RE GOING TO BE

PROTECTED.

WE'RE GOING TO ASK GOD FOR

HIS PROTECTION.

AND AT THAT MOMENT -- AND

I'M SURE SHE WAS TERRIFIED

AS CAN BE -- YOU COULD

STILL HEAR THE GUNSHOTS

RINGING OUT AND SCREAMING.

AND SHE JUST STARTED TO

PRAY AND SAID, WE NEED

YOUR PROTECTION, LORD.

WE NEED YOU TO PROTECT

HIM.

Reporter: LYNETTE

MARTINEZ THOUGHT SHE WAS

HEARING FIREWORKS, BUT

WHEN COUNTRY STAR JASON

ALDEAN RAN OFF THE STAGE,

SHE RAN FOR HER LIFE.

THERE WAS JUST GUNSHOTS

AND GUNSHOTS AND GUNSHOTS.

AND A GUY FELL BEHIND ME.

AND HE WAS COVERED IN

BLOOD.

MY BOOTS WERE COVERED IN

BLOOD.

AND I'M SO GRATEFUL THAT I

GET TO SEE ANOTHER DAY.

THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT

COULDN'T.

AND I SEE THE VIDEOS

ONLINE OF THE GUNSHOTS AND

WHAT HAPPENED, AND I CAN'T

EVEN HEAR IT BECAUSE IT

JUST -- I'M JUST NUMB TO

IT.

I SHOULDN'T BE GETTING

USED TO GUNSHOTS.

Reporter: THIS

16-YEAR-OLD GREW UP

OVERNIGHT.

MY HEART GOES OUT TO

EVERYONE.

I UNDERSTAND.

I UNDERSTAND.

I WAS THERE.

I'M JUST PRAYING FOR EVERY

SINGLE PERSON, FOR HEALING

AND PEACE.

Reporter: HAHN SAYS

HE FOUND AN IMMEDIATE

SENSE OF PEACE AND RALLIED

FOR THOSE AROUND HIM.

AND HE SUDDENLY REMEMBERED

A PHONE CALL FROM HIS

CENTESISTER A FEW WEEKS AGO.

SHE SAID, I FEEL THIS

REALLY STRONG URGE TO PRAY

FOR YOU.

GOD IS TELLING ME THAT

YOU'RE GOING TO BE UNDER

FIRE.

AND THAT'S FUNNY SHE SAID

THOSE WORDS.

BUT AT THE TIME, I

THOUGHT, UNDER FIRE, THAT

COULD BE A LOT OF THINGS.

Reporter: GOD ONLY

KNOWS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

HERE A FEW DAYS AGO, BUT

THIS BRIGHT YOUNG REAL

ESTATE AGENT PLANS TO

TRUST HIM AND KEEP GOING.

THERE ARE OTHER THINGS

INVOLVED AND THERE IS EVIL

IN THIS WORLD.

IT IS WATCHING GOD COME

INTO PLAY NOW AND HELPING

PEOPLE HEAL.

AND JUST WATCHING THE

OUTREACH OF PEOPLE THAT

DON'T EVEN KNOW EACH

OTHER.

IT IS AMAZING TO SEE

THE BLOOD DONATION BANKS

WITH HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE

LINING UP BECAUSE THEY'RE

NOT THINKING ABOUT

POLITICS.

THEY'RE NOT THINKING ABOUT

RELIGION WHILE THEY'RE

DOING IT.

THEY'RE THINKING ABOUT

OTHER PEOPLE.

AND THEY'RE THINKING ABOUT

PEOPLE THAT ARE HELPLESS.

Reporter: MARTINEZ

STILL CANNOT BELIEVE SHE

MADE IT OUT ALIVE.

I WAS WAITING TO GET

SHOT.

I WASN'T WAITING TO COME

OUT ALIVE.

Reporter: AND NOW

THAT YOU HAVE COME OUT

ALIVE, HOW DO YOU SEE THE

WORLD?

SO MUCH DIFFERENT.

IT IS SO DIFFERENT.

I FIND I HAVE SO MUCH

COMPASSION TOWARDS OTHER

PEOPLE.

I JUST THANK GOD EVERY

SINGLE DAY.

Reporter: CHURCH IS

THE ONLY PLACE SHE WANTED

TO GO, AND IS SO GRATEFUL

SHE HAS THIS COMMUNITY.

MY HEART IS WARMED BY

THE MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE

COMING TOGETHER RIGHT NOW,

EVEN AT THIS CHURCH.

IT IS JUST AMAZING.

Reporter: AND HOW DO

YOU FEEL ABOUT THE GUNMAN?

I DON'T THINK IT IS HIS

FAULT.

I DON'T THINK IT'S HIS

FAULT.

HE IS NOT RIGHT.

IT WASN'T GOD.

IT WASN'T HIM.

IT WAS ANOTHER THING.

IT WAS AN EVIL THING.

I FORGIVE HIM.

Reporter: SHE PLANS

TO TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A

TIME AND CLING TO HER

FAITH.

SO I'M GOING TO READ

THE WORD, AND I'M GOING TO

WORSHIP AND I'M GOING TO

PRAY BECAUSE THAT'S THE

ONLY THING THAT CAN GET ME

THROUGH IT.

Reporter: YOU NEVER

REALLY KNOW HOW YOU'LL

RESPOND WHEN YOU'RE WORLD

COMES CRASHING DOWN.

I'M GOING TO LOVE

PEOPLE MORE.

I'M GOING TO THINK OF

PEOPLE AS IF THEY WERE MY

FRIEND, THEY WERE MY BEST

FRIEND, AS IF THEY WERE MY

BROTHER OR MY SISTER

BECAUSE THEY ARE.

WE'RE ALL TOGETHER HERE

FOR A REASON.

Reporter: WHAT

HAPPENED HERE JUST A FEW

DAYS AGO HAS BROUGHT OUT

THE VERY BEST IN PEOPLE,

PEOPLE WHO RECOGNIZE THIS

IS NOT ABOUT JUST ONE MAN

UNLEASHING EVIL, BUT HOW

GOODNESS, KINDNESS, AND

FAITH HAVE TURNED TRAGEDY

INTO TRIUMPH.

STEPHANIE RIGGS, CBN NEWS.

THANKS, STEPHANIE.

GREAT STORIES.

COMING UP, THE MOVING

STORY OF THE MAN WHO

RISKED EVERYTHING TO

RESCUE STREET CHILDREN.

NOW HIS STORY IS ABOUT TO

GO GLOBAL.

CHARLES MULLY HAS LIVED

A REAL LIFE RAGS-TO-RICHES

STOR.

STORY.

BUT AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS

SUCCESS, HE SOLD IT ALL SO

HE COULD BECOME A FATHER

TO CHILDREN WHO LIVE ON

THE STREETS.

HIS OBEDIENCE TO THE CALL

OF GOD IS THE FOCUS OF A

NEW FILM.

EFREM GRAHAM HAS THIS LOOK

AT "MULLY."

LOOK FOR THE BIGGEST

AND BRIGHTEST SMILE IN

THESE FAMILY PHOTOS, AND

YOU'LL FIND CHARLES MULLY.

HIS CHILDREN, WHO WERE

ONCE ORPHANS CALLED HIM

DADDY MULLY.

YOU, YOURSELF, ABANDONED

AS A CHILD?

YES, CORRECT.

AS A YOUNG CHILD.

I WOKE UP ONE DAY TO FIND

THAT I WAS ALONE AT THE

AGE OF FIVE, SIX YEARS,

AND THAT WAS MY LIFE.

NO FOOD.

NOTHING THAT I COULD LEAN

ON.

NO ACCOMODATIONS.

AND THEN I BECAME A STREET

PERSON AND A BEGGER.

I REMEMBER ONE DAY I WOKE

UP AND EVERYBODY HAD GONE.

HIS AMAZING CLIMB FROM

KENYA'S SLUMS IS THE FOCUS

OF THIS FEATURE FILM,

"MULLY."

AND YOU GO FROM BEING A

BEGGER TO A MILLIONAIRE.

[LAUGHTER]

SOMETIMES IT'S SO HARD

FOR ME TO MEASURE IT ON

THAT LEVEL.

BUT I CAN ACKNOWLEDGE IT

AND SAY, YES, THE LORD

REALLY LIFTED ME SO HIGH

THROUGH HIS RIVER, THROUGH

THE SMALL BUSINESS THAT I

STARTED.

SMALL BUSINESS?

SMALL BUSINESS THAT I

STARTED.

IT WAS MY LIFE.

*

WHERE DO YOU THINK THAT

DRIVE FOR YOU CAME FROM,

THAT ENTREPRENEURIAL

DRIVE, TO WANT BUSINESSES

FOR YOURSELF AND TO THINK,

I CAN DO MORE WITH THIS.

I CAN TAKE WHAT LITTLE IS

IN MY HANDS AND DO MORE --

WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?

WHEN I LOOK AT IT AND I

LOOK BACK, I SEE GOD'S

GRACE AND PLAN, AND A GOOD

PLAN.

HE SAID, I HAVE A GOOD

PLAN FOR YOU.

AND THEN WHEN YOU LOOK AT

IT, IT IS LIKE GOD HAD A

GOOD PLAN.

WHY?

HE WAS PLANNING FOR ME TO

BECOME AN INSTRUMENT FOR

THE FUTURE.

WHEN GOD WANTS TO REALLY

MAKE HIMSELF VIEWED, THERE

IS NO WAY YOU CAN ESCAPE,

EVEN WHEN YOU TRY TO RUN

AWAY.

HAPPILY MARRIED WITH

EIGHT CHILDREN, MULLY FELT

GOD CALLING THEM TO SELL

EVERYTHING.

THAT CALL CAME IN 1986,

AFTER A FACE-TO-FACE

ENCOUNTER WITH CHILDREN

BEGGING ON THE STREETS.

I WAS REALLY COMMANDED

BY THIS VOICE.

I SAW THE FACES.

AND I COULD NOT WORK

ANYMORE.

I CRIED WHY, TO THINK THAT

GOD WANTED TO TAKE ME BACK

AGAIN.

I WILL NEVER, EVER WORK

FOR MONEY AGAIN.

GOD WAS SPEAKING TO ME

THIS WE.

YOU WERE LIKE THEM.

YOU WERE THEM.

I SAW MY FACE IN THEIR

FACES.

AND BECAUSE I WAS TRYING

TO HIDE MYSELF, BUT I

DON'T REMEMBER ONE DAY

EVEN SHARING THE TESTIMONY

ABOUT MY PAST.

I WANTED PEOPLE TO SEE ME

AS A GREAT MAN, WITH MONEY

AND EVERYTHING.

*

GOD SAID HE NEEDED TO

SELL EVERYTHING AND POUR

IT INTO SOCIETY FOR THE

CHILDREN WHO WERE

ABANDONED.

HOW DO YOU LET GO OF

WHAT YOU HOLD DEARLY.

HE STARTED "MULLY'S

CHILDREN'S FAMILY," NOW

THE LARGEST CHILDREN'S

REHABILITATION

ORGANIZATION IN AFRICA.

> GROWING THAT FAMILY TO

THE SIZE IT IS TODAY

HASN'T BEEN AN EASY

PROCESS.

ALL THIS JOURNEY HAS

NEVER BEEN EASY.

TOGETHER WITH MY WIFE,

ESPECIALLY THE REJECTION

FROM OUR FRIENDS, FROM THE

CHURCHES -- THEY NEVER

WANTED TO HEAR ABOUT IT:

THEY THOUGHT I WAS CRAZY.

WE HAD THREE CHILDREN,

FOUR CHILDREN, AND THE

NUMBERS KEPT ON COMING.

THIS IS YOUR FAMILY

NOW.

THESE ARE ALL OF YOUR

BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

MORE THAN 13,000 OF

DADDY MULLY'S CHILDREN

HAVE GONE ON TO BECOME

DOCTORS, SCIENTISTS,

ENGINEERS, AND TEACHERS.

I SEE THE WORLD, KENYA,

AND THE CONTINENT OF

AFRICA BEING TRANSFORMED

THROUGH THEM, AND CHRIST

WILL STRENGTHEN THEM.

TRANSFORMATION THAT

BEGAN WITH OBEDIENCE AND

LED TO BECOMING A FATHER

TO THE FATHERLESS.

EFREM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.

THANKS, EFREM.

> COMING UP, THIS MAN

WAS SEVERELY DISFIGURED BY

A HORRIFIC HOUSE FIRE.

BUT HE FOUND A NEW

IDENTITY IN CHRIST.

AND WELCOME BACK TO

"CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS."

IN CHINA, A POPULAR

MUSICIAN LOST HIS WILL TO

LIVE AFTER A HORRIFIC

HOUSE FIRE.

WITH DISFIGURING BURNS AND

SCARS COVERING MOST OF HIS

BODY, HE WANTED TO END HIS

LIFE.

BUT A MYSTERIOUS VOICE

SPEAKING HIS MOTHER'S

WORDS STOPPED HIM IN THE

KNICK OF TIME AND HELPED

HIM FIND A NEW PURPOSES IN

LIFE.

MUNG FE LI HAS THIS STORY.

Reporter: DONG WONG

WAS A TALENTED CHINESE

MUSICIAN.

AND SINCE COLLEGE, HIS

PASSION WAS TO PERFORM ON

STAGE, PLAYING VARIOUS

INSTRUMENTS.

HIS MUSICAL TALENT WAS SO

IMPRESSIVE THAT HE WAS

INVITED TO PERFORM AT MANY

IMPORTANT OCCASIONS.

AND AT EACH ONE, HE

RECEIVED ASTOUNDING

PRAISES.

IN 1991, DONG'S LIFE

CHANGED DRAMATICALLY.

HIS HOUSE WAS ENGULFED IN

SMOKE AND FLAMES.

HIS DREAMS WERE SHATTERED

AS THE FIRE CONSUMED HIS

BODY.

HE PASSED OUT AND REGAINED

CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE

HOSPITAL.

WHEN I SAW MYSELF IN

THE MIRROR, I WAS VERY

SHOCKED.

I KEPT ON ASKING THE

QUESTION: WHERE IS MY

BEAUTIFUL FACE?

WHERE ARE MY FINGERS?

AM I A MONSTER OR STILL A

HUMAN BEING?

ALL OF MY DREAMS AND GOALS

WERE WASHED AWAY.

Reporter: HE

UNDERWENT 18 SURGERIES.

DUE TO THE FIRE INCIDENT,

MOST OF HIS SKIN HAD TO BE

REPLACED.

THE SURGEON HAD TO GRAFT

SKIN FROM HIS HEAD TO

COVER THE WOUNDS.

THE EMOTIONAL PAIN WAS

EVEN MORE UNBEARABLE.

WHEN MY SON SAW ME FOR

THE FIRST TIME, HE RAN

AWAY AND REFUSED TO COME

BACK.

MY WIFE WAS AFRAID OF

COMING HOME TO SEE ME.

EVERYONE AROUND ME THOUGHT

I WAS A MONSTER.

THEY ALL LEFT ME.

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW I WAS

GOING TO LIVE FOR ANOTHER

DAY.

THERE IS ONLY ONE SOLUTION

FOR ME: BE DEAD.

Reporter: FEELING

DEPRESSED AND HOPELESS, HE

DROVE TO THE OCEAN ONE

DAY.

AS HE SAW THE WAVES AND

SMELLED THE OCEAN, HE WAS

READY TO END HIS LIFE.

HE DIDN'T WANT TO BE A

BURDEN ON HIS FAMILY OR

HIMSELF.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LIVE

ANYMORE.

NO ONE WAS GOING TO ACCEPT

ME.

I WAS TIRED OF HIDING

MYSELF IN THE HOUSE.

I USED TO BE THE BIG SHOT.

TODAY, NOT ANYMORE.

Reporter: AS HE

SLOWLY SLIPPED INTO THE

OCEAN, ALL OF A SUDDEN HE

HEARD A VOICE.

THE VOICE WAS TELLING HIM,

DON'T WORRY, OUR BEAUTY IS

NOTHING.

GOD IS LOOKING AT OUR

HEARTS, AND YOU ARE HIS

CHILD.

HE PAUSED, REMEMBERED HIS

CHRISTIAN MOM TOLD HIM THE

SAME THING.

HE COLLAPSED IN THE WATER.

WHEN I WOKE UP, THE

FIRST THING I SAW WAS MY

MOM.

SHE BEGAN TO TELL ME ABOUT

GOD.

SHE SHARED HOW GOD IS THE

GOD OF MIRACLES.

JESUS NEVER CARES ABOUT

HOW WE LOOK ON THE

OUTSIDE.

WHAT MATTER MATTERS TO HIM IS

WHAT'S INSIDE.

HE LOVES US NO MATTER HOW

WE LOOK.

Reporter: HE LAID IN

BED, LISTENING TO HIS

MOM'S WORDS, TRYING TO

UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE WAS

SAYING.

GOD IS GOING TO GIVE

YOU A NEW IDENTITY.

HE LOVES YOU NO MATTER

WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE.

Reporter: HE KNEW IT

WAS TIME TO MAKE A

DECISION.

AFTER 18 OPERATIONS I

FINALLY UNDERSTOOD WHY GOD

SPARED MY LIFE.

BECAUSE HE LOVES ME.

HE WANTS TO USE ME TO TELL

OTHERS ABOUT JESUS.

I AM SO THANKFUL THAT MY

MOM INTRODUCED ME TO

JESUS.

IN SPITE OF MY SINS, MY

LIFE STILL MATTERS TO HIM.

Reporter: HE STARTED

TO ATTEND CHURCH SERVICES

WITH HIS MOM.

HE WAS DEEPLY TOUCHED BY

THE LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE

FROM THE CHURCH MEMBERS.

HE HAD NEW GOALS.

HE WROTE MANY BOOKS,

ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO KNOW

GOD AND HIS MIRACLES.

I HAVE JESUS E IN MY

LIFE.

I SHOULD BE THANKFUL ABOUT

BEING ALIVE.

HE IS NOT DONE WITH ME.

I NEED TO FOLLOW HIM AND

READ HIS WORD.

I KNOW HE STILL HAS PLANS

FOR ME.

HE LOVES ME.

Reporter: TODAY HE

HAS A NEW FAMILY.

HE IS VERY PROUD OF HIS

BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND TWO

AMAZING CHILDREN.

NOW, WHEN HE LOOKS AT THE

OCEAN, HE IS AMAZED BY HIS

BEAUTY AND FEELS GRATEFUL

FOR WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN

HIM.

JESUS, THE SAVIOR AND

MIRACLE-WORKER.

Reporter: MUNG FE LI,

CBN NEWS.

FINALLY THIS WEEK, MEET

AMIN SAFARI.

HIS FAMILY FLED IRAN

BECAUSE OF CHRISTIAN

PERSECUTION WHEN HE WAS

JUST FOUR YEARS OLD.

HE FELL IN LOVE WITH MUSIC

IN HIGH SCHOOL, USING IT

AS A TOOL TO LEARN

ENGLISH.

NOW HE WANTS TO USE HIS

GIFT TO SERVE GOD.

*

Reporter: THE VOICE

OF A-MINOR IS AMIN SAFARI,

AN ASPIRING RAP ARTIST.

AT JUST FOUR, HE AND HIS

FAMILY FLED IRAN AND MOVED

TO TURKEY.

WHAT WAS LIFE LIKE IN

TURKEY?

IT WAS NOT FUN AT ALL.

IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT.

WE WERE REFUGEES.

AND, ONE, WE ESCAPED FROM

IRAN'S GOVERNMENT, SO THE

GOVERNMENT WAS LOOKING FOR

US IN TURKEY.

AND LATER WE BECAME

CHRISTIANS, AND THE

TURKISH PEOPLE DIDN'T LIKE

CHRISTIANITY, AND THEY

STILL DON'T.

SO THEY WOULD KICK US OUT

OF THE HOUSES.

SO THAT'S WHY WE HAD TO

MOVE 28 TIMES.

28 TIMES?

YOU MOVED 28 TIMES?

YEAH.

THERE WERE MANY TIMES WE

HAD TO SLEEP IN PARKS.

IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT.

WHEN YOU LEFT IRAN,

YOUR DAD IS THE ONLY ONE

WHO WAS A CHRISTIAN, AND

WHEN DID YOU BECOME A

CHRISTIAN?

WELL, I BECAME A

CHRISTIAN WHEN I SAW THE

TRANSFORMATION.

I SAW MY DAD TURN FROM A

CRIMINAL TO BE A PASTOR.

SO THAT WAS ALMOST, LIKE,

UNBELIEVABLE.

HOW COULD THIS VIOLENT MAN

TURN SOFT.

AND THEN I SAW MY SISTER

GET HEALED, WHEN SHE HAD

LIKE A 99% CHANCE OF

DEATH.

SO WHEN I SEE MIRACLES

LIKE THAT, IT IS ALMOST

IMPOSSIBLE TO DENY THAT

GOD EXISTS.

AND THEN I WENT TO SEMINAR

AND CONFERENCES, CAMPS,

AND I GOT MORE INFORMATION

ON IT.

I WAS, LIKE, WOW THIS IS

THE REAL THING.

SO HOW COULD I NOT BELIEVE

THAT.

AMIN LEFT TURKEY FOR

AMERICA AT AGE 13, AND

HEADED FOR CALIFORNIA.

WE STAYED THERE FOR A

YEAR AND A HALF.

I DIDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH AT

ALL.

YOUR STORY IS AMAZING.

I'M REALLY CURIOUS, WHEN

DOES THE MUSIC THING FOR

YOU HAPPEN?

WHEN DOES THAT CONNECTION

HAPPEN?

WELL, THE MUSIC IS KIND

OF RANDOM.

BECAUSE WHEN I FIRST CAME

HERE, I DIDN'T SPEAK

ENGLISH, LIKE I SAID.

I ALWAYS HAD THIS THOUGHT,

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?

I HAD NO GOAL, I HAD NO

PURPOSE IN LIFE.

I WOULD ALWAYS PRAY, GOD,

WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO?

WHEN I FINISHED MIDDLE

SCHOOL, GOD WOKE ME UP AND

HE WAS, LIKE, I WANT YOU

TO DO MUSIC.

AND AT THE TIME, I DIDN'T

KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MUSIC.

I THOUGHT MUSIC WAS JUST A

WASTE OF TIME.

I NEVER EVEN LISTENED TO

MUSIC -- ONLY AT CHURCH.

YEAH, HE TOLD ME TO DO

MUSIC.

AND I WAS, LIKE, BUT I

DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT

MUSIC, WHY WOULD YOU WANT

ME TO DO THAT?

HE WAS, LIKE, TRUST ME.

AMIN SAYS HIS MUSIC IS

INFLUENCED BY ARTISTS LIKE

EMINEM, KANYE WEST, AND

JAY-Z.

AND I THOUGHT HE WANTED

ME TO DO CHRISTIAN MUSIC

AND GOSPEL MUSIC.

I SLOWLY STARTED GETTING

INTO THAT, AND, AGAIN, HE

TOLD ME NOT TO DO

CHRISTIAN MUSIC, WHICH WAS

VERY WEIRD TO ME.

HE WAS, LIKE, I DON'T WANT

YOU TO DO CHRISTIAN MUSIC

BECAUSE CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS

FOR CHRISTIANS.

AND HE WANTS ME TO REACH

PEOPLE WHO AREN'T

CHRISTIANS.

HE WANTS ME TO REACH

EVERYONE.

BE IN THE WORLD BUT NOT

OF THE WORLD.

GREAT MESSAGE THERE.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING

US THIS WEEK.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK,

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